The United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published today. I obviously haven’t read it — it’s long — but there’s plenty of press coverage (though some of it is rather buried in U.S. papers). There’s a nice summary on the MEA site, and you can dowload a full copy of the report there too (if you register). Here’s the basic take-home message:

A landmark study released today reveals that approximately 60 percent of the ecosystem services that support life on Earth – such as fresh water, capture fisheries, air and water regulation, and the regulation of regional climate, natural hazards and pests – are being degraded or used unsustainably. Scientists warn that the harmful consequences of this degradation could grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.

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I’m sure there will be much more to say, and much more said, about this in coming days.

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